Discover Newsletter

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Share your Wisdom

You have wisdom to share with the whole world about the value of spiritual direction. Throughout Spiritual Directors International’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, we encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question. We are listening. Before 30 September, we want to know:

What is the role of spirituality and spiritual direction in transforming inequality and environmental degradation? Share your response now.

Presence journal

Have you received the latest issue of Presence? What was your favorite article? What insight did it give you? Send your thoughts to the editor Nick Wagner,  





Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. Deep and generous questions are powerful. Carol Ludwig and Krista Tippett engage listening, the power of generous questions, and spiritual direction.
    1. How do you honor someone by listening to them?
    2. Deep and generous questions are powerful. What is the intentionality behind the questions you ask spiritual directees and other important people in your life?
    3. What does an embodied connection mean to you? How do you deepen it?
  2. SDI member Sister Cathy Beckley, SNJM, dives into the Enneagram and shares how it can be helpful in spiritual direction and for personal growth and transformation. Beckley highlights the importance of knowing yourself to understand the lens through which you view the world.
    1. In what ways can the Enneagram help uncover new areas of personal growth for you?
    2. How can spiritual direction benefit from the Enneagram?
    3. Why might it be helpful to gain awareness of our patterns and worldviews?


  3. New Contemplative and SDI member Avi Craimer answers the question: How might a spiritual seeker include contemplative practices from various spiritual traditions?

    Our series of short, seeker-friendly videos makes it easy to share with everyone the value of spiritual direction. SDI posts a new video resource on the twenty-fifth day of each month. If you want to be the first to see the video, follow the SDI YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow SDI on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

Its official—registration for the 2016 Emerging Wisdom educational events in San Diego, California, USA is open! Will you be there? With three, focused, institute options; fantastic keynote presenters; twenty-four diverse workshop choices; two contemplative retreats; and much more—you won’t want to miss it!

We expect participants from six continents—limited space is available. For the best choice of workshops and retreats, register early and book your hotel room now for discounted rates. Read more information, learn about workshop options, and register today!


How will you ready yourself for Advent? In the Christian tradition, Advent is a time for you—and those you companion in spiritual direction—to pause and examine the landscape of the heart in preparation to receive Jesus’s new birth at Christmas. Join us for the SDI Webinar: The Advent of God’s Word, facilitated by Brenda Buckwell.

As the seasons change, anticipation for the start of a new liturgical year in the Christian tradition begins. This webinar will provide creative ideas for the enhancement of spiritual direction and holy listening during the four-week journey of Advent.


What is the relationship between mindfulness meditation and cultivating compassion? Mindfulness practices can help cultivate compassion and can be a practical means to free us from the thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that interfere with our ability to treat all people with compassion.

Explore this connection in the SDI Webinar: Cultivating Compassion through Mindfulness Meditation facilitated by Mark Dannenfelser. Participants will experience various mindfulness practices to assist in the personal development of compassion, as well as learning specific mindfulness tools to offer others to cultivate compassion. Seekers and spiritual companions will benefit from learning mindfulness practices that will cultivate compassion in ourselves and our communities.     

Opportunity for Involvement

SDI will participate in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions this October in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—will you? We will be educating people about the value of spiritual direction. Come pick up a free button at the SDI table in the exhibitor hall and help teach people about spiritual direction. If you have not already notified SDI, and would like to learn more about SDI hosting a gathering during the Parliament, e-mail your name to to be kept up-to-date.


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 14 September and enter to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 15 September and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

The 2016 conference will offer two distinct contemplative retreats. Name the city and country where each of the retreats will be held. HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our August winner was Deborah Hansen, who received the SDI Webinar On Demand recording of her choice. Congratulations, Deborah!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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